However, the Los Angeles Rams stand in the way, and if history provides any context for who might pull this off, the defending Super Bowl champions have the upper hand.
Including play-offs, the Cardinal has taken only one of Los Angeles’ last 11 games. A star-studded lineup for the Rams will take the field again on Sunday, Cliff Kingsbury and his co-stars. need to prepare.
It’s an effort that will take nearly everyone on the roster to improve to 2-1 and gain a pivotal early advantage in NFC West.
However, there are a few players who find themselves as X-factors heading into the third week:
Three X Factors for Cardinals-Ramez
LB Isaiah Simmons
There has been a lot of talk about Simmons and his place in the Arizona defense. After a disappointing outing in Week 1 and just 15 shots played last week, all eyes are on Simmons to see if he’ll be back again.
The Cardinals, who still have minor issues, will likely use Simmons again in high school rather than play him as a true quarterback. With the threat of Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson (along with Gerald Everett finding himself in a lot), Simmons will once again need to shine his brilliance a la the Raiders endgame.
When Simmons gets locked up, he’s one of Arizona’s best defenders. The Cardinal needs him to rest and at his best moving forward to help mitigate his shortcomings in covering passes.
Facing a defense that includes the likes of Bobby Wagner and Aaron Donald at the top seven, Rodney Hudson will need to be at his best in order to mitigate the level of play that these two bring to the table.
Hudson, responsible for stabilizing the offensive line and getting his stuff before the strike, will be in a constant battle of chess in both protecting the pass for Keeler Murray and trying to clear the passes for James Conner. This will be even more important with a game destroyer like Donald on the other end of the spectrum.
Despite his quality, let’s not forget that Hudson has been showing some ball catch issues for Murray lately. Transformations in any football game are crucial, not to mention the transitions against an NFC West opponent.
Rondale Moore hasn’t practiced all week, and with the possibility of a Marquise Brown drawing for Jalen Ramsey, Greg Dortch will be called upon again to advance to Murray.
The good news? Dorch has already proven that he can very much.
During the first two games of the season, the Cardinals led in receptions (11) and received yards (118) while being just one of two receivers (Hollywood is the other) to score touchdowns so far. He also tied with Ertz in his first winning touchdown (6).
If this match is what we expect, Dortch will see a lot of use again.
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